Joe Willock is expected to miss Newcastle United’s last two games of the season

After a comfortable win against the Seagulls, Newcastle take on Leicester knowing that a win will secure them a place in next season’s Champions League.

Victory over Brighton came at a price, however, as Willock suffered a hamstring injury which meant he had to leave St James’ Park on crutches.

Joelinton also suffered a blow last night but while there seems no chance Willock will be present at Leicester for the final day of the season or the Chelsea clash, the Brazilian could play against the Foxes.

“I’ll go straight to the physio room afterwards to see how everyone’s doing,” said Howe, whose side will secure Champions League qualification tomorrow without kicking a ball when fifth-placed Liverpool play Aston at home Villa loses. “We have a few concerns. The boys gave so much for the game yesterday. You gave a lot physically this season.


“It looks like Joe (Willock) has problems with his hamstrings. We could lose him for this season but that’s unclear as I’m sitting here now.

“Joelinton is a machine – he will literally run through the wall for the team and the club. He succumbed to the Wall last night, but hopefully he’s okay. We keep our fingers crossed, our team will be strong.”

Longstaff has missed the last four games after picking up a foot injury in the win over Everton and although the midfielder has not been categorically ruled out of Monday’s game he is yet to return to training.

“To be honest it’s doubtful (that Longstaff will play Leicester) at the moment,” Howe admitted. “He didn’t train. He’s improving but we’ll wait and see.” Joe Willock is expected to miss Newcastle United’s last two games of the season

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